How to Make Healthy Eating a Part of Your Life
If, when you hear the term "healthy eating" you envision being limited to eating bland, boring foods with little to no flavor for the rest of your life, you will be pleasantly surprised to learn this is simply not true. Learning how to eat healthier is definitely a process that will take some time and effort, but it's certainly one with innumerable rewards.
Healthy eating begins with taking in the proper amount of calories per day, and in addition to that, also ensuring those calories are coming from sources with good nutritional value. 300 calories of potato chips are not the same as 300 calories of carrots as for one thing, you'll have far more carrots to enjoy and also be getting vitamins and minerals instead of unhealthy fats.
Now if noshing on raw carrots does not really appeal to you, remember there are many healthy dressings and dips to buy or make that will make vegetables more palatable if they are not exactly your favorite thing. Replace mayonnaise and similar creamy dressings with condiments like ketchup, barbecue sauce, or mustard and use fat free sour creams and yogurts along with seasonings for creating your own unique blends of tasty dressings.
Healthy eating always includes what's often called the most important meal of the day, breakfast. Eating breakfast is not just for dieting and weight loss but also for maintaining good health and the ideal body weight. A wholesome breakfast not only improves your brain power and helps you to stay motivated throughout the day, but it will also help to keep hunger pangs from getting the better of you before lunch time arrives.
Along with breakfast, nutritional experts recommend eating smaller meals more frequently instead of the usual three larger meals at even intervals. Not only does this prevent hunger from setting it but it allows the body's metabolism to function more efficiently. Going from lunch time until six or seven in the evening is simply too long to wait between meals.
Also remember that it's not possible to "save" calories for later on in the day as the body just does not work this way. What will actually happen instead of having saved any calories by not eating when you should have is that the body will go into starvation mode and hold onto whatever calories it for the coming "famine".
Instead of burning calories and stored fat as it's supported to, the body resists and makes losing weight far more difficult. And, you certainly will not want to lose any lean muscle mass.
When it comes to healthy eating you should also know how to figure out your daily caloric needs, both for losing weight and maintaining a healthy one. Begin with your activity level, if you are sedentary and rarely get exercise, you will, naturally, need to consume fewer calories than someone who is physically active.
You will also have to take your height and body frame into consideration. Men require more calories per day than women as they usually have more muscle mass and burn more during physical activity. For men, the recommended caloric intake can be anywhere from 2,200 to 3,000 calories while women need anywhere from 1,500 to 2,000 depending on a number of different variables.